After three decades of service in the Floyd County elections office, Evon Billups is retiring.

The doors of the elections office didn’t stay closed for more than a few seconds at a time on Friday morning as people kept pouring in to give Billups gifts and well-wishes during her retirement party.

Billups started as the county’s assistant elections supervisor nearly 31 years ago, and became the head elections supervisor six years later, she said.

“It’s sort of like a part of me, like it’s attached to me and now I have to let it go,” Billups said while smiling.

She said she will miss her staff and all of her wonderful poll workers. Billups said one of the perks of the job is the amount and variety of people she got to meet.

The said she will miss that aspect of her job. “It’s been a wonderful experience and I’ve loved working for the county,” Billups added.

She said she hopes the elections office will continue to run well in her absence.

Mayor Jamie Doss said Billups has a lot of friends and she will be greatly missed. She’s seen the elections process through great changes over the years, he added.

“We’re celebrating Evon’s fabulous service to the Greater Rome community,” Doss said.

County Commissioner Rhonda Wallace said Billups will be missed for many reasons, including how great a job she did. “It’s good for somebody to give their lifetime of service to one organization and have their health when they retire,” she added.

The county hired Willie Green III to replace Billups in October.

“She’s been a wonderful mentor, and I definitely look to continue the work she’s done over the last 30 years and serve the citizens of Rome,” Green said.